DUBLIN — Munster may have played out a tame 18-18 draw in their European Rugby Cup pool match against Neath last weekend, but they are still in a strong chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals of the competition. A home win against Perpignan on Oct. 31 should guarantee that place in the knockout stages.
Ulster, meanwhile, pulled off a shock result when they beat Toulouse in Belfast, 29-24. The victory puts them back in the running for the next phase. Leinster were comprehensively beaten, 56-31, by French champions Stade Francais in Paris. However, a win over Llanelli in their final game should ensure qualification.
The picture is also reasonably positive for Connacht in the European Shield despite last Saturday’s 38-26 defeat at the hands of Narbonne in Galway. One victory from their two remaining games will see Connacht through to the quarterfinals.
— Mark Jones